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STUDIO GHIBLI AT THE FRIDA – APRIL 2022

Join us this April for Ghibli Fest 2022, a month-long celebration of the films of Studio Ghibli!

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SCIENCE ON SCREEN Series

The Frida Cinema is proud to launch its second annual series of enriching film screening + discussion events in partnership with Science on Screen®.

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CAGE MATCH Film Series

Join us every last weekend in 2022 for CAGE MATCH, a no-holds-barred movie tournament that will bring you sixteen films starring Nicolas Cage!

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Featured / Highlight

Soviet September Film Series

The Frida Cinema is proud to partner with our friends at South East European Film Festival (SEEFest) to present Soviet September, a series of nine acclaimed films …

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Featured / Highlight

Call for Art: In Dreams You’re Mine: A Blue Velvet Tribute

We are reopening our gallery space on September 10th!  Located in the lobby of The Frida Cinema, art will be displayed in the gallery for …

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Frida After Dark
Film Criticism

Frida After Dark: June 2021

Frida writing team member Isa Bulnes-Shaw gives readers a sneak peek at Pride Month’s Frida After Dark line-up.

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Community

World of Animation

Are you an Orange County student who is currently in, or about to enter. Grades 7th – 12th? If so, we invite you to register for our free Summer 2021 WORLD OF ANIMATION program! This online Film-viewing + Discussion program will take place every Tuesday afternoon at 3pm starting Tuesday, June 15h!

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Film Series

Big Screen Rewind

Join us this June for our Big Screen Rewind series, highlighting great movies of the past year that were denied a proper theatrical experience by the COVID pandemic.

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Featured / Highlight

Punk The Capital – Screenings + Q&a’s

Relive the early days of punk with Punk the Capital: Building a Sound Movement, a dynamic portrait of the DC punk scene and philosophy. A …

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Film Series

Aapi Heritage Month Series: Celebrating Asian American And Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Throughout the month of May, The Frida Cinema is proud to present our Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Heritage Month Film Series, a curated collection of films recognizing the contributions and influence of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States.

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Education

KINO! Germany Now!

We’re very excited to partner with KINO! Germany NOW! to present a handpicked selection of Germany’s most promising narrative and documentary films that premiered within …

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Education

#BLM: Black History Month

To celebrate Black History Month, The Frida Cinema curated a collection of fifteen films spanning over 100 years of cinematic storytelling.

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Frida After Dark
Film Criticism

Frida After Dark: March 2020

With not two but five audience-engaging events, the experiential aspect of FAD is really gonna shine through with YOU, the audience!

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The Neon Demon
Film Criticism

Neon Nightmares:
so beautiful and so dangerous

What makes neon so alluring? Is it the distinct glow it projects against the dark night sky? Its plentiful radiant colors? The way it evokes the bright technicolor allure of the future yet somehow also recalls the grungy aesthetics of the past?

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Frida After Dark
Film Criticism

Frida After Dark: February 2020

Spring hasn’t sprung quite yet, but February ushers in the season of love! Whether you’re going steady, happily single, or a member of the Lonely Hearts Club, this unique Frida After Dark lineup will have you seeing red in the best way possible! With “sensual” roses, painted lips, and buckets of blood abound, we’re wasting no opportunity to jam-pack all twenty-nine days!

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John Waters
Film Criticism

Director of the Month: John Waters

From a young age Waters was attracted to the strange and macabre. His desire to be in show business started following a guest appearance in the “peanut gallery” on the classic children’s television show Howdy Doody. While most children might become disillusioned when seeing how their favorite television show functions, Waters saw this and wanted it to be his life.

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December Frida After Dark
Film Criticism

Frida After Dark: December 2019

Ho ho ho! Tis December once again and The Frida Cinema is celebrating the most wonderful time of the year in style! Frida After Dark’s programming continues to bring fan favorites, cult classics, and obscure oddities into the spotlight but with all the jingle bells and whistles to make things merry and bright! Whether you celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, the Winter Solstice, or nothing at all, the hilarity and madness this month is non-denominational – and as diverse as the holiday season itself!

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Martin Scorsese
Film Criticism

The Films of Martin Scorsese

As a child, Scorsese suffered from debilitating asthma, with the only activity accessible to him being watching movies at the local movie theatre. In that darkened theatre, the four-year-old Scorsese became mesmerized by the images, sounds, and words emanating from the giant silver screen. This became his “unintentional film school”, feeding his desire to learn everything about movies.

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